Our Story

In 2001, GHEI’s founder and executive director Diana Rickard visited Ghana as a medical student to study the accessibility and quality of available healthcare services. During her visits, she worked hand-in-hand with local health professionals in both urban and rural health facilities, which is when she came to know the communities of the Bibiani-Anhwiawso-Bekwai (BAB) District in the Western Region of Ghana.

 

During her initial visits to communities in the BAB district, she met Clement Donkor, the then assemblyman of Humjibre, who as a lifelong resident of this community, provided an in-depth understanding to the context of rural livelihoods, the educational systems, and healthcare. It was this meeting that was the impetus for the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI).

Since its inception in 2001, GHEI has reached several milestones, the most notable are detailed below.

 

2001

GHEI’s founder and executive director Diana Rickard visited Ghana as a medical student and meets Clement Donkor, Humjibre's then assemblyman, who offered to locally spearhead projects.

2003

Project work starts with a reproductive health program and the Youth Education Program to teach gifted children in an after-school program.

2002

A needs assessment was conducted in Humjibre to determine if there was a gap in services to this community. The result was clear and GHEI was established to provide educational and health services to the people of Humjibre and surrounding communities.

2004

Construction of the community center is completed and a small library is opened; summer volunteer programs are launched; and Clement becomes GHEI's first full time employee.

2007

Additional library space is needed, so a larger library is built, along with a classroom.

2009

The Malaria Prevention Program is expanded to two additional villages; the Early Childhood Literacy program is launched; library collection triples to over 4,000 books.

2012

In partnership with UCLA's pediatric program, GHEI begins neonatal resuscitation trainings in BAB District, and launches a program to encourage women to deliver at health facilities.

2016

The Mother Mentor Program launches.

GHEI Logo

The GHEI logo was created using Adinkra symbols, originally developed by the Asantes in Ghana during the 19th century. Each traditional symbol represents an aspect of life on which the organization focuses.

Ghana Health and Education Initiative is a registered 501(c)3 organization (EIN 26-2358536).

Photo copyright ©Ghana Health and Education Initiative 2016 and ©Rohit Lakhani for Photographers Without Borders 2015

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